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Peroxide Mocha: The Electro Party Duo

Posted on 26 October 2009 by Tim

Peroxide Mocha, the electro party duo, has released their 4th album of synthpop titled, Making Out With Strangers. While focused on relationships, the album tends toward observations about the dysfunctional ones. Other hot topics include cup size for women and Port Angeles, Washington – the town. No joke. Rachel and Pete bring a fun yet quirky attitude to their music, which I’ve really enjoyed.

I’d like to thank both Pete and Rachel for chatting with me about their music.

Interview with Peroxide Mocha

Peroxide-Mocha How did you two meet and start making music?

Rachel: I got Pete’s number from a friend – I can’t remember specifically why I wanted it in the first place – I was in to calling strangers at the time. I called him and bugged him and somehow it came up in conversation that we had both always wanted to be in a band. We recorded our first song that very night over the phone. We were both 17 years old.

Pete: If somebody just called me up out of the blue like that today it would seem stalker-ish and weird, so its strange to think back that at 17 it seemed perfectly normal. Those were different times. I had been making lots of experimental music and just beginning to learn to put beats together to make songs. I didn’t really have any money so my equipment was a sampler that I programmed myself using Hypercard on my Mac, a copy of SoundEdit, a Casio SK-1, a turntable and a huge library of old 45’s that I liked sampling from. When Rachel told me she wanted to make music it seemed natural to just write things on the spot and record stuff using whatever we had laying around. I guess I was doing that a lot, forming bands and various recording projects with just whoever was around at the time. Rachel and I shared a similar sense of humor and aesthetic and it just kinda stuck!

What inspires your music?

Rachel: Something will catch our attention – not usually anything big or important – and we’ll make a rhyme out of it and laugh about it. 90% of the stuff we write will never see the light of day, but we’d like to think that 10% that does is pretty good, or at least amusing.

Pete: We definitely only write to amuse ourselves – we actually have a really good writing system down, it’s almost psychic, being able to complete each other’s thoughts. We write, write, write all the time, then go back later and pick the best stuff to record after it’s all stewed for a bit. I think we get inspired by everyday activities and interactions, things that people otherwise might not stop and think about.

From CDBaby:

Cult favorite boy/girl party pop duo return with their 4th album filled with witty observations about relationships disguised as floor-filling, booty-shaking break-up anthems.

What is the relationship with your fans like? Do you derive inspiration from those interactions?

Pete: I think since the initial fan base for our stuff was just our circle of friends, and kind of extended outward from there, Peroxide Mocha fans are kind of a big giant extended family. I have a word I made up called “Frand”, which is somebody who becomes your friend after starting out as a fan. One of our “Frands” made this really, scarily complete wiki about us once – I’m not even sure where he got his info. He has old lyrics and poems and things from our website 10 years ago – things even I’d forgotten about. Outside of that we have a couple of stalker weirdos who keep things interesting. Nobody’s dressed up as us for Halloween yet that I know of, which I’m kind of disappointed about.

Rachel: I’m always excited when I get to interact with a fan who wasn’t a friend first – because I know I’m about to make a new friend. Our fan base is really awesome and we like to make it as easy as possible for fans to interact with us if they want to. I always forget how much some people are paying attention – like what Pete said about the wiki. That was so cool because I’d honestly forgotten about quite a lot of the stuff that was covered. Our fans definitely keep us in check!

Is there a story behind your latest album – Making Out With Strangers? Does that happen a lot (making out with strangers)?

Rachel: Pete and I are both in long-term-relationships with awesome people, so our Stranger-Smooching days are pretty much firmly planted in the past. It used to happen all the time though. We’re very sexy.

Pete: We like to write a lot about imaginary relationships between people that are really, really, really complicated. I think a lot of these songs are about various facets of being in said complicated relationships, and how emotions can be be difficult to explain and even contradictory sometimes. Even if said relationships are imaginary, it makes the material a little more personal than anything we’ve done in the past. “Start The Fire” is kind of about codependency and dating somebody who is mentally ill. “Ghost Of A Chance” is about stalking. “Blow My Mind” is about complacency. I guess the title “Making Out With Strangers” evolved out of these concepts – a lot can happen in 30 seconds.

Were either of you in high school bands or did you pick up your musical talent elsewhere?

Pete: I don’t really have any formal music training if that’s what you’re asking. I learned how to DJ and beat match first and then taught myself how to make music after that.

Rachel: I was in several choirs and took voice lessons in high school, but I never was very good at anything with an instrument. I played violin & piano for a while in high school, but violin is hard and I don’t like piano music.

How has your musical style, or skills, progressed since you two began collaborating?

Pete: I think when we started off we really didn’t have any idea what we were doing musically, but we didn’t let that stop us because we had something to say. Our earlier recordings had a kind of lo-fi charm that a lot of our fans really enjoy, like it was more just about the attitude and the fun and not so much about everything sounding perfect. Now days I actually know how to use a sequencer and properly record things, so we’ve made an album that sounds really well produced. Whether or not that’s a good thing is up to our fans I guess.

Also I think in the past I didn’t really have a good grasp of how to handle Rachel’s vocals to get the most out of them, so in the past most vocals were spoken or rapped or our melodies were just really simple and kind of improv on the spot. We’ve got a handle on it now – I think people were surprised when they listened to “Making Out With Strangers” and heard Rachel’s “grown-up voice”, as one of our friends put it.

Rachel: We have really come a long way since we first started. In the beginning, the vocals came before the music – which was really difficult for both of us. Eventually we figured out that it was a whole lot easier to come up with a beat and a basic melody first, which resulted in a lot cleaner sound. The end result is we sound a lot more professional, and less like two kids with a $2 microphone – but we’re still singing about the same thing we always have been.

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What Is The Most Anticipated Movie Sequel?

Posted on 16 October 2009 by Tim

There are some really big movie sequels on the horizon and I am really curious which ones people are looking forward to the most. Please take a second to record your vote for the Most Anticipated Upcoming Movie! (Vote Below)

Choices Include:

  • Iron Man 2 – Starring Robert Downey Jr.
  • Jurassic Park 4 – Starring Keira Knightley?
  • Transformers 3 – Starring Shia LeBouf
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 4 – Starring Johnny Depp

Please leave a comment below and tell me why you picked that film! Oh, and thanks for voting!

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SPELLFURY: The Fantasy Web Series

Posted on 10 October 2009 by Tim

Fantasy. Action. Adventure. Watching SPELLFURY is like watching a live recreation of a Dungeons and Dragons game. Evil creatures, bladed weapons and magic abound in the world of Spellfury. The web series follows an elf named Druinia and her gang of adventurers.

“We shoot all the studio stuff (indoors) in Ottawa and all the exteriors are shot around Perth,” says writer and director Travis Gordon. The web series is a volunteer-run production. “We have an extremely hard working team! We have people helping out in different ways from all over Canada and the U.S.A.”

Lets see what Travis can tell us about SPELLFURY…

For those who haven’t seen it yet, what is SPELLFURY and why should they watch it?

SPELLFURY is a web series about a band of misfit adventurers who join together to fight a terrible evil in a fantastical land. The show will be extremely exciting, funny and creative, and shouldn’t be missed! Although I’m a little biased being the writer/director on the show.

Can you tell us more about this “terrible evil” and “fantastic land”?

SPELLFURY is a realm that is made up of many creatures both good and evil and no one is to be trusted. The audience will be introduced to giant man eating spiders, wise cracking fairies, evil demons and blood thirsty forests. Let’s just say Druinia and the gang are going to have their hands full and will be lucky to survive their upcoming episodes.

On top of that there are a countless vicious villains in the world of SPELLFURY, The most dangerous being Kruskull an evil sorcerer with a half-rotted off face who is extremely powerful and is trying to take control over the realm of SPELLFURY and will stop at nothing to do so.

What sparked the idea for this web series?

I’ve had the idea for a while to do a show or movie set in the fantasy setting, I love a lot of movies in the genre (Willow, Lord of the Rings, Labyrinth). I didn’t want the story to take itself too serious though, so I threw in a Whedonesque “Buffy the vampire slayer” feel to it. I want the audience to have fun and enjoy hanging out with the characters.

When did you start work writing the script for Spellfury and how long did it take till you were filming the first episodes?

It had been bouncing around in my head for a quite a while before I put pen to paper. I then plotted out season one and two on recipe cards and bounced the ideas off everyone. I received pretty good feedback and so we shot episodes 1-3 over 2 nights. The audience seemed to like the episodes and we received a good review at wired.com, so we decided to go ahead with producing at least season one and two.

How many episodes can we expect to see?

For us a season is 12 episodes, so there will be 24 episodes (2 seasons) in total, if we can find a way to make money by making episodes we’ll keep the show going.

Julie O’Halloran is the lead character in your series, how did you find her? Has she worked with you before?

Julie is a fantastic actress, her performance in a short (Revelation) we sent to Houston’s Worldfest last year won us a Bronze in Dramatic Shorts. I credit her performance as a vulnerable yet courageous woman in a terrible situation with us winning the award. She also played a crazy wheelchair bound assassin in a film we’re sending out to festivals right now called “Mass Stupidity”. The role was extremely physically demanding and I knew after watching her amazing performance that Julie would be a terrific Druinia. She’s done an incredible job of balancing both the vulnerability and the physicality of her role in Spellfury and I can’t wait to see what she’ll bring to the character next!

Who are the other main characters/actors?

Julie O’Halloran plays Druinia who is the lead actress in SPELLFURY. As the show moves along the audience will be introduced to several new characters who will become regulars on the show.

SPOILER ALERT!

  • XORN (played by Ian Quick) is a backstabbing thief that joins the gang.
  • ERROYL ( played by Rob Drebitt) is a bumbling cleric that teams up with Druinia in an up-coming episode.
  • CASTLE (played by Penu Chalykoff) is a jocky, loud-mouthed knight who Druinia faces off against in an up-coming episode.
  • VELURA (played by Debra Ereaut) is a powerful sorceress that owns the local tavern.
  • KENDRA (payed by Jennifer Barnes) is a feisty princess that ends up helping Dru and the gang out of a dangerous situation.

Reviews of SPELLFURY

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  • Underwire on Wired.com says, “Best part: The blue ogre with bloody eyes is every bit as creepy as Billy Crudup’s “Doctor Manhattan,” made for about .00001 of the cost.”
  • Ain’t It Cool News said, “The budget is low and the acting leaves a bit to be desired, but there was a certain backyard filmmaking charm about SPELLFURY that made me smile while watching it.”
  • “Mostly I think it is just fun. I think that is what I liked about it,” explains DnD Corner.
  • “Perhaps the most remarkable facet of the show so far is the special effects, which have an awkward, ’80s-esque hand-made clumsiness to them that simply adds to the charm…” according to Tube Filter News.
  • WoW Fail Blog thinks, “All in all, it is a very good start to a series that has great potential…”

Episode 1 of SPELLFURY

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District 9: An Alien Film Worth Watching

Posted on 14 August 2009 by Tim

Ever since I heard about District 9, from a preview during another film, I have been very excited to see it. I thought it looked great and the concept (and location) was unique. After I launched Talk with Tim in July, I got to thinking…I should talk to someone about the film. Luckily, I received a response! As some of you may have seen, I interviewed Nathalie Boltt about her role in District 9. She plays a sociologist named Sarah Livingstone and you’ll see her quite a bit in the film. Read my interview with Nathalie for more.

Anyway, I made it a point to make it to the opening of the film – 12:01 AM at Regal Cascade 16 in Vancouver, WA. I arrived early to the theater, bought my ticket, munched on some free popcorn and kicked back in the nearly sold-out audience to enjoy the show.


“We’re at the breaking point. People are living in fear.” – Sarah Livingstone (Nathalie Boltt)

District 9

The film starts out documentary style, introducing the main character Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) who comes off as a dipstick. Although you kind of like him ’cause he says some funny stuff, he treats the alien race – dubbed prawns – like crap, so you don’t like him too much.

The story is moving along nicely at this point but after Wikus accidentally sprays himself with an unknown alien substance. That’s when it gets crazy and the action picks up big time!

There are a couple scenes where I squirmed a bit (and I wasn’t alone) seeing and imagining the position Wikus is in. Seriously, doctors and scientists are creepy. If watching stuff blow up is your thing, there’s plenty of that in District 9! The action sequences are gnarly.

District 9 Movie Poster A couple of the prawns play a big role in the film and I ended up liking them quite a bit. The father-son dynamic was unique and made the alien “Christopher” seem more likable. Most of the prawns are portrayed as kind of dumb and aggressive. But still, I felt a bit sorry for them. Like the feeling you get when you leave the humane society…all those sad, lonely animals acting crazy because they’re caged up even though deep down you know that, under different circumstances, most of them are nice.

Not surprisingly, I quickly came to despise MNU, or Multi-National United, the for-profit outfit in charge of this cluster. Like all corporations, MNU is simply motivated by the money regardless of the moral or ethical cost. The segregation of the alien race is meant to evoke parallels to apartheid but it also reminded me of our horrible treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The Verdict: Guilty of Goodness

District 9 is a visual treat built on a strong story with deep roots. I like that it’s set in a new location. It’s not the typical New York City flick where the Statue of Liberty gets destroyed or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge collapsing.

So far this year, this is the best movie I’ve seen in the theater. The special effects were excellent, I didn’t notice any parts where I thought, “Oh, that’s clearly CGI.” Everything looked believable. All the actors did a great job, especially Sharlto who really sold me on his character’s struggle. Neill Blomkamp’s film is way ahead of Harry Potter, Ice Age and even The International, which was surprisingly good. Other movies may have been hyped way more (think G.I. Joe), but none have delivered like District 9.

What did you think of the film? Tell me in the comments below.

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Legion featuring Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid

Posted on 14 August 2009 by Tim

There are quite a few movies coming up in the near future that look good to me. Legion looks promising as long as it doesn’t get corny. Paul Bettany is a great actor and Dennis Quaid should do better here than in G.I. Joe.

The premise of the film is that God has lost his faith in humanity and has sent his legion of angels to eradicate us. Simple enough. But of course, there’s a baby involved. This seems to be pretty standard for movies related to God or the fight between good and evil in a religious sense. Either some lady is pregnant or will soon birth some extremely important kid…why is this always the case? I don’t know. Lack of birth control maybe? (The Pope renewed the ban on birth control in 1968.)

I’m curious how this legion of angels is portrayed. From the preview they look pretty weak, kind of zombie-like. But maybe they’re holding back on the good stuff.

Actually, ya know what Legion reminds me of? A fun little Tales from the Crypt movie called Dark Knight. It’s a similar mix of humor, suspense and horror.

In any case, the preview of Legion looks solid. Check it out…


Please Note: This is a Mature Trailer

Legion Features: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Durand, Kate Walsh and Tyrese Gibson.
Directed by: Scott Stewart
Legion opens on January 22, 2010.

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Actress Nathalie Boltt Talks About Her Role in District 9

Posted on 13 August 2009 by Tim

District 9 will be released this Friday, August 14th, 2009.

View the official trailer which features Nathalie Boltt at the bottom of this page.

About District 9

IMDB’s summary says, “An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.”

District 9 was written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson.

…riding on the thickest buzz this side of “The Swarm.” Happily, it’s one of those rare movies that lives up to the hype. It’s an action film with a brain, a sci-fi thriller with poignancy, a social-political satire packed with pow. [More]

Nathalie Boltt Discusses Her Role in District 9

Tell us about your character and her motivation.

Nathalie-Boltt-Dark Sarah Livingstone is a sociologist commenting on what happened to ‘Wikus’ and the District 9 situation. She tries to be as straight and honest as she can and deliver the facts. From a sociological point of view, this is of course a very unique situation so very interesting to her. But from a personal perspective, her sympathies lie with Wikus and the Aliens. She feels they were wronged and is saddened by it all. She is not intimidated by MNU and has no problem speaking out about their unethical motives and their mistreatment of the aliens or the way they mercilessly used, abused and abandoned Wikus.

What interactions does your character have with Sharlto Copley and Jason Cope’s characters?

Sarah Livingstone will have watched their story via all the news footage and media frenzy surrounding the clash of MNU and the aliens. She is fascinated from a sociological point of view as to what it means for a human to be shunned by its own race – to be on the run from all other humans, forced to find refuge in the last place any human should have to go – District 9. She will have studied and researched their story. When we see her being interviewed in the film, she is giving her professional input on the situation, explaining how this tragic interracial story came about. She has no direct contact with Sharlto or Jason’s characters.

How does working on a sci-fi movie compare to working on films in other genres?

You do your best and try to bring truth to the character you are playing, while helping to realise the director’s vision. It’s the same really. But great to see the end result – being involved in something fun and wonderfully creative – that attracts such a different audience and will potentially have a cult following. nathalie boltt

How was it working with Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson?

I only worked with Neill, who was very clear and direct on what he wanted. He was respectful, professional and friendly. We had a lot in common from growing up in bad old Johannesburg. My first impression was that he is young, which he is! He’s clearly a talented and driven person who’s achieved a lot in a short time and obviously he was in the best hands – Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and a large support of great people with incredible vision. Winning combo!

Read My Review of District 9 Here

What was your favorite part about working on District 9?

The efficiency! I worked for no more than four hours. I went in met Neill, delivered my lines, improvised with him for an hour, shook his hand and went home. And ended up with a ton of screen time. It’s the only movie I’ve worked on where I didn’t wait around for even a minute. Of course my other favourite part is the fact that it’s turned out to be a great success.



Who is Nathalie Boltt

Actress Nathalie Boltt is from South Africa which explains why most Americans haven’t heard of her. However, you may recognize her from the sci-fi movie Doomsday. Some of her other work includes Route 30 and The Poseidon Adventure. Visit NathalieBoltt.com for more.

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